Thursday, June 04, 2015

Cafe Sarree (Rustan's Ayala Cebu)

I wondered where goes Yum-Yum Tree. Yum-Yum Tree used to be the restaurant of Rustan's Supermarket (even in their Makati Branch), and one of our (me and my former officemates from UBP) favorite dining places. Instead, Rustan's Cebu has Cafe Sarree now.

Anyway, my sister and I wanted to try out Cafe Sarree - and so one beautiful Sunday morning, we headed out to have lunch there.

It was not particulary big in area. Ambiance is cozy and casual. My sister ordered their honey-glazed pork chop, and I, as a salute to Yum-Yum Tree ordered Spaghetti (with meatballs).

I am not a big fan of pork chops but they were so tender, that it felt like they melt in my mouth.  And I kinda like it. My spaghetti is a bit on the sour side because according to the girl who waited on us, is more on the tomato-based Italian taste and not sweet like the Filipino recipe that we are so used to.

One thing I would like to commend is that, they are generous in their serving. Their pork chop were really chops since they came about in 3's and the thickness of each piece is just the right size for me. Their spaghetti came in a huge bowl, and could be shared by two. Which means they were worth their price. Maybe it will not be our last visit to the place ...

Apple-Lemon Ice Cooler

Nice Interiors...

Honey-Glazed Prok Chops

Spaghetti With Meatballs

Surprisingly, the serving was Huge...

Kit, famished and eager for her food...

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

HUKAD Ayala Terraces

Hukad in Ayala Terraces, seems to be always full whenever we pass by, judging by the number of people patiently waiting outside to be seated or served. And so our curiousity was really piqued. Yet it was also difficult for us to get a seat whenever we plan to eat there.

One day we were surprised when we got lucky and found ourselves a table inside. But our excitement turned to disappointment.  Service was slow. I was not impressed with the drinks I ordered. The worst part was the fish that I ordered turned out itchy when eaten. It means it was not fresh when bought or maybe it has popped in and out of the freezer already. The only consolation was the ngohiong. Perhaps it is not fair to draw a conclusion based only upon a few orders. Maybe I will come back and try again...

"PUSO" Design Lamps


Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Cebu Pardo Church

For a long time, I have wanted to take photos of the Pardo Church, unfortunately I never got the chance to drop by. One beautiful Sunday in March (2015),  me and my sis went to visit our dear relatives in Pardo Cemetery, and since the Pardo Church was just a walking distance from the cemetery, I finally got my longtime wish.

I am not an expert on church designs or structures, but compared to the other churches in Metro Cebu, Pardo Church looked quite old by far. And that is where its charm lies.

It was undergoing renovation or probably repairs when we visited.  I have observed that although the interiors of the church were kept to its original design, it was repainted for upkeep. That's good! 

Outside the church, progress has changed the look of Pardo. But thankfully, Pardo Church retained its historical look.

Monday, February 09, 2015

Quest Hotel Cebu

Kit and I wanted to spend either the Christmas Eve 2014 or New Year's Eve 2015 in a hotel for a change. So I made a reservation with Quest Hotel for December 31, a lucky shot because it was the only one available at the time of booking. Sadly it was not realized... We were not able to make it. 

Thankfully, Quest honored our reservations (because it was fully paid in advance), and let us avail of it after the Sinulog season. We went there one February weekend, just when Quest was busy in preparation for the coming Valentine celebration.

Entrance to the Quest Hotel

The Hotel Logo at the entrance

The Hotel Lobby

Going to the elevators

The view from our room

Our room

Went swimming in the early morning

The skyline from the pool

Their restaurant

Buffet Table

Kit forced me to join her in this heart thing...

The hallway - our room in on the right

Quest Hotel is mid-sized and still basically new. It is very clean. Has complete amenities like safety deposit box, TV, hot and cold shower, toiletries. Their staff are warm, courteous, and very hospitable. Their price, for me, is just right. Not too expensive. I would love to come back again...

Quest Hotel And Conference Center - Cebu
Archbishop Reyes Avenue, Cebu City, Philippines
t: +63 32 4025999
f: +63 32 4025986
e: CebuInfo@Quest-Hotels.Com

The Year That Was 2014

Compared to 2012 and 2013,  the year 2014 was way much better - because I didn't have to contend with the pain of losing some beloved members of the family. Thank God! nobody close to me died that year...

The highlights:

1.  A wish came true when Kit and I were able to spend a day in Alegre Beach Resort last March. The place was truly dreamy. It did not disappoint...

2.  For the first time in years, I together with my sister got to travel again.  And this time we got to travel to Davao. It was my long time wish to see Davao, and it came true when I got invited to visit our Davao office and meet the team for the first time.

3.  I got to visit Bohol again. The first time I visited Bohol was with Tita Dorie and the Credit Card team back in the late 1990's, which was centuries ago... My sister and I got to tour the old churches which were destroyed during the 2013 earthquake.  We also had a wonderful stay at Amarela Resort.

4.  Kit (my sister) got her wish to join a government agency. 

5.  Before Kit got her wish, we had a lot of food trips around Cebu City. And because of this, I got back into blogging again and went on to become a finalist for Best Cebu Blogs.

Of course, I didn't win, much to my disappointment. Kit teased me that I actually got what I wished for because I originally said "I would be happy just becoming a finalist!". Which became true. I don't think I will try to join again this year. I am happy already as it is.  What I really want to do now is to have new directions for my blog...

Anyway, here's to the new year 2015. I wish you will be as eventful as 2014 in a more positive way... And I wish there will be more travel destinations to conquer!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

One Sunday at Insular Square North Road Mandaue

Last November 23, after mass we trooped to Insular Square to dig out our very last money from the ATM, and planned to go home and curled up and watch TV. There was no budget for gallivanting. Unknowingly there were small surprises in store for us...

Insular Square is a decent mini-mall which is approximately about 10 minutes from our place. It is already populated but I guess it still needs to flex a lot of muscles to invite more interesting locators. It is in a good location and has a parking area, but for those who don't have cars, it is difficult to get a taxi - a problem if we buy a lot of groceries from Save and More.

Front Facade of Insular Square

The Signages are quite obvious from the road, you won't miss it when you pass by

There are only 2 levels, and this is the second level

View of Ground Level from Second Floor

Parking Area

Our favorite Mooon Cafe

Beauty Parlor and Store for the Doggies

I love this branch of  Rose Pharmacy because there are fewer customers and waiting time for orders is not too long...

We decided to have our lunch at Jonies, because we were hungry and in need of a quick bite. Food was okay and a bit cheaper compared to other restos around... which is just great!

Because we were happy that our lunch was affordable and within budget, we ventured around and went upstairs to the second level. There were 2 beauty salons but Franzy offered haircut at 50 Pesos. Really? 100 Pesos for both of us?Hmmm.. even an additional tip is still within budget.

The salon from the outside

Lovely Chandeliers

Franzy is ostentatious in its overwhelming decor. But heck, I'd willingly pay 50 pesos to sit infront of those ornate mirrors and be treated like a queen.  

Gilded Mirrors and bright red paint

Kit having her hair cut by a sweet stylist

She got sleepy...hahaha

Our day did not end at Franzy Beauty Salon, we went down and had a back and arm massage for 30 minutes by the Blinds for only 75 pesos each... It's not the Spa of course, but we wanted to give huge support to the Blind Masseurs, in our small way.

Went afterwards to Save and More for some fruits and veggies... and decided to call it a day!

The roads were surprisingly empty... But of course, because Manny Pacquiao's fight will be shown on the TV that day! That's why.

When we got home we were able to catch Manny's fight with Algeri on Ch 7, and surprisingly for me - He won! I was actually expecting him to lose this fight, but Manny can be quite unpredictable. 

That Sunday was full of small and happy surprises for us...